The table below looks at the statistics for MCSD in IT jobs advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MCSD over the 3 months to 28 July 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
28 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 241 218 141
Rank change year-on-year
-23 -77
Permanent jobs citing MCSD 10 29 107
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.15% 0.41% 1.46%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.64% 1.78% 6.38%
Number of salaries quoted 10 29 107
Average salary £45,000 £35,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+28.57% -6.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £41,800 £35,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £40,000 £40,000
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -
MCSD
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in permanent jobs advertised in the North West region.

Qualifications Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1565 1629 1678
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 23.83% 22.89% 22.95%
Number of salaries quoted 1215 1258 1405
Average salary £38,500 £35,000 £38,085
Average salary % change year-on-year
+10.00% -8.10%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £23,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £60,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%

MCSD
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing MCSD across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCSD Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

MCSD
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MCSD across the North West region.

MCSD Salary Trend in the North West

MCSD
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing MCSD across the North West region over the 3 months to 28 July 2015.

MCSD Salary Histogram in the North West

MCSD
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCSD within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 July 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -2 10 £45,000 +12.50%
MCSD
England

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, IT jobs across the North West region citing MCSD also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited MCSD.

1 27 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (96.30%) Microsoft
3 22 (81.48%) SQL
4 18 (66.67%) C#
5 17 (62.96%) SharePoint
6 15 (55.56%) SQL Server
7 14 (51.85%) T-SQL
7 14 (51.85%) Windows
8 13 (48.15%) .NET
9 12 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
9 12 (44.44%) WCF
10 9 (33.33%) SharePoint 2013
10 9 (33.33%) SDLC
10 9 (33.33%) VMware
10 9 (33.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 9 (33.33%) Software Engineering
10 9 (33.33%) ASP.NET
10 9 (33.33%) MCSE
10 9 (33.33%) Citrix
10 9 (33.33%) CCA
10 9 (33.33%) Citrix Certification
11 8 (29.63%) CCEA
11 8 (29.63%) HP
11 8 (29.63%) EMC
11 8 (29.63%) UNIX
11 8 (29.63%) AIX
11 8 (29.63%) Solaris
11 8 (29.63%) Oracle
11 8 (29.63%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
11 8 (29.63%) Cisco

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, IT jobs across the North West region citing MCSD also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited MCSD. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 17 (62.96%) SharePoint
2 9 (33.33%) SharePoint 2013
3 8 (29.63%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
3 8 (29.63%) Office Communications Server
4 7 (25.93%) IIS
5 5 (18.52%) SharePoint 2010
5 5 (18.52%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (7.41%) OpenEdge
Applications
1 7 (25.93%) MS Excel
2 2 (7.41%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 5 (18.52%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (22.22%) Office 365
1 6 (22.22%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 8 (29.63%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (55.56%) SQL Server
2 7 (25.93%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (7.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (7.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 2 (7.41%) Finance
Job Titles
1 13 (48.15%) Architect
2 9 (33.33%) Consultant
3 8 (29.63%) Technical Architect
4 5 (18.52%) Technical Design Architect
4 5 (18.52%) Software Consultant
4 5 (18.52%) SharePoint Developer
4 5 (18.52%) Developer
5 4 (14.81%) Senior Consultant
5 4 (14.81%) SharePoint Consultant
5 4 (14.81%) Senior Architect
5 4 (14.81%) SharePoint Architect
5 4 (14.81%) Senior SharePoint Consultant
5 4 (14.81%) Senior SharePoint Architect
6 2 (7.41%) Systems Analyst Programmer
6 2 (7.41%) Systems Programmer
6 2 (7.41%) Analyst
6 2 (7.41%) Systems Analyst
6 2 (7.41%) Software Engineer
6 2 (7.41%) Analyst Programmer
6 2 (7.41%) Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (48.15%) .NET
2 12 (44.44%) WCF
3 9 (33.33%) ASP.NET
4 7 (25.93%) WPF
4 7 (25.93%) WinForms
4 7 (25.93%) HTML
5 5 (18.52%) CSS
5 5 (18.52%) .NET Framework
5 5 (18.52%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 7 (25.93%) N-Tier
2 2 (7.41%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 14 (51.85%) Windows
2 8 (29.63%) UNIX
2 8 (29.63%) AIX
2 8 (29.63%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (33.33%) SDLC
2 9 (33.33%) Software Engineering
3 8 (29.63%) Migration
3 8 (29.63%) Technical Architecture
3 8 (29.63%) Load Balancing
4 7 (25.93%) Unit Testing
4 7 (25.93%) MVVM
4 7 (25.93%) TDD
4 7 (25.93%) ITIL
4 7 (25.93%) PRINCE2
5 5 (18.52%) CRM
5 5 (18.52%) OOA/OOD
5 5 (18.52%) OO
6 2 (7.41%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (81.48%) SQL
2 18 (66.67%) C#
3 14 (51.85%) T-SQL
4 7 (25.93%) JavaScript
5 2 (7.41%) VB
5 2 (7.41%) Progress 4GL
Qualifications
1 27 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (33.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 9 (33.33%) MCSE
2 9 (33.33%) CCA
2 9 (33.33%) Citrix Certification
3 8 (29.63%) CCEA
3 8 (29.63%) SC Cleared
3 8 (29.63%) Security Cleared
4 7 (25.93%) MCPD
5 5 (18.52%) MCP
5 5 (18.52%) MCAD
5 5 (18.52%) MCTS
6 2 (7.41%) Degree
7 1 (3.70%) CCNA
7 1 (3.70%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (3.70%) MCITP
System Software
1 8 (29.63%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 26 (96.30%) Microsoft
2 9 (33.33%) VMware
2 9 (33.33%) Citrix
3 8 (29.63%) HP
3 8 (29.63%) EMC
3 8 (29.63%) Oracle
3 8 (29.63%) Cisco
4 2 (7.41%) Capita